Thursday News Explosion

  • Conor Oberst and Sonic Youth have confirmed to join Zach De La Rocha from Rage Against The Machine‘s Sound Strike protest concert against the Arizona Immigration law. The site also contains a petition against the law.

  • Rostam Batmanglij from Vampire Weekend has released some of his solo work under a project titled Boys Like Us. The songs venture on more of a classical style. One song his MySpace page is an classical version of the Vampire Weekend song “Campus.” Definitely different from Vampire Weekend’s typical upbeat style.
  • After long wait, Arcade Fire have finally released their new single “Month of May.” This marks the beginning of Arcade Fire’s follow up to 2007’s Neon Bible. Good lord mercy, yes.

  • Beck’s Record Club does it again. The project has Beck selecting some of his musical friends to come into the studio to cover a whole album. These are typically and mostly impromptu. This time he covers INXS’ album Kick with Annie Clark of St. Vincent and members of Liars and Os Mutantes.

  • Trent Reznor from Nine Inch Nails just released a new track for the soundtrack of the movie Tetsuo: The Bullet Man. Appriopriately titiled, Theme for Tetsuo: The Bullet Man, is available at Some Kind of Awesome.Is it some kind of awesome? We’ll let you decide.
  • After Bono suffered a back injury and undergoing emergency surgery, U2 has announced that they will postpone their 360 degrees American tour. Lets just hope he isn’t suffering from “veritgo.” (Too soon?)
  • Seattle’s Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band has announced the follow up to their self-titled debut, Where The Messengers Meet, to be released by Dead Oceans on August 3. You can download the new song “Leaving Trails” from the album now:

Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band – Leaving Trails (MP3)

  • In the same light, Gorillaz will be filling in U2’s headling spot at the Glastonbury Festival. De la Soul and Mick Jones are expected to join the cartoon band on stage for the performance.
  • Sonic Bloom: The Unfield Festival in Mishawaka, Colorado, announced their lineup. Performers include: EOTO, Karsh Kale, and ZILLA among others. Check out the rest of the line up on their Web site.
  • The Tallest Man On Earth is known for his raspy voice and raucous folk. That makes it all the more entertaining that he would cover “Graceland” by Paul Simon. Check out an MP3 of the cover.
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